Sometimes, I fall asleep before the clock strikes 12, but I can usually muster getting up to watch the sunrise on a new year!
Years ago, actually decades now, a friend told us about the Japanese tradition of viewing the first sunrise on the first day of the new year. This welcoming of the first sunrise, called Hatsuhinode, is a time to be grateful for what the old year brought, and to look forward to the blessings of the new year ahead. It is good luck to watch that first sunrise.
My husband and I got up early that year, drove to a beautiful spot nestled between three mountains: Bromley, Magic, and Stratton. Bromley was at our back, and the sun rose beautifully pink and red and purple that year over Magic. We then drove to a small local diner and ate a lovely breakfast. I realized only than I had forgotten my camera!
Since then, our tradition has taken several forms, watching the sunrise with inn guests, by ourselves, but more often with friends who brave the cold to get up early on the holiday and make their way to the porch, steaming coffee and croissants promised on arrival, with a brunch to follow. Some years, it was bitter cold and we stayed out only long enough to verify that indeed the sun had risen. Other years, we lingered in relative warmth, a full-blown party!
This year, it was just my husband and myself, but we were rewarded at 7:21 a.m. with a beautiful sunrise over Fall Mountain and the Connecticut River. It’s a good reminder that the days are getting just a bit longer as sunlight returns to our frozen landscape! Mount Fuji will have to wait another year.
Our customary sunrise brunch dish is a Crab or Salmon Cake Benedict complete with Hollandaise sauce. A treat, and very popular with all. For the vegetarians, I make a similar version with mushrooms. This year, we kept it simple and had omelets!
More sunshine came my way this week. Smitha of Smitha’s Bake Love nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. Smitha is an incredibly gifted baker, and I thank her so much for the recognition, it is so nice to be thought of this way. If you are not familiar with her blog, please check out her delightful creations!
She asked the following questions, so here goes:
- What motivates you everyday? I am usually motivated by a little voice in my head that tells me I should not be idle, but should give something to the day. That voice sounds suspiciously like my mother’s…
- Any Goal setting for new year or you let it flow? Let it flow!
- What did you gain/let go in 2020? I think I gained a deeper appreciation of how very much I need my family and friends to be physically near me!
- What title will you give for your life in 2020? The Practical Year of the Patient Pisces.
- Your favorite Food, Candle & Travel spot?? Anything from the sea, lavender, Ireland
- Do you love/hate Instagram? And Why? Indifferent. I don’t think I’m an instant type of person.
- Would you diversify your blog or let the course be as is? Probably stay the same unless the spirit moves me otherwise.
- What would you do differently if you are 25 again? I’d be less critical of myself!
- Do you follow a strict schedule for blogging? Publish, comments, connecting with other bloggers etc. Not really. I do try to read and comment on what others have posted while I enjoy my second cup of coffee each morning, but otherwise, my schedule is very mood and brain-willing based.
- What do you think captivates your audience in your posts? I think that folks have told me they enjoy the background stories which gives the recipes some heart, and often they like the photographs as well.
- If there is one piece of advise you want to give for fellow bloggers, What is it? Just have fun with it all.
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